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(24 March 1754 – 26 December 1812 / Redding, Connecticut)

Quotations

  • ''No Raven's wing can stretch the flight so far
    As the torn bandrols of Napoleon's war.
    Choose then your climate, fix your best abode,
    He'll make you deserts and he'll bring you blood.
    How could you fear a dearth? have not mankind,
    Tho slain by millions, millions left behind?
    Has not conscription still the power to weild
    Her annual faulchion o'er the human field?
    A faithful harvester!''
    Joel Barlow (1754-1812), U.S. poet, politician. Advice to a Raven in Russia, December, 1812 (l. 29-37). . . Norton Anthology of American Literature, The, Vols. I-II. Nina Baym and others, eds. (2d ed., 1985) W. W. Norton & Company.
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The Columbiad: Book IV

The Argument


Destruction of Peru foretold. Grief of Columbus. He is comforte the promise of a vision of future ages. All Europe appears in vision. Effect of the discovery of America upon the affairs of Europe. Improvement in commerce; government. Revival of letters. Order of the Jesuits. Religious persecution. Inquisition. Rise and progress of more liberal principles. Character of Raleigh; who plans the settlement of North America. Formation of the coast by the gulph stream. Nature of the c

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